Gardening with Children

gardening with children

About this time every year I get that itch. I start poring over mail-order catalogs, and the garden center at Lowe’s becomes a near occasion to sin. I love digging and planting, watching shoots spring up and morph into flowers and fruit-bearing plants. Last spring, though, I was completely overwhelmed by caring for a three-month-old and his three older siblings. I wrote off gardening altogether in 2012–and it was just as well, since we ended up in the worst drought {Read More}

Five Recipes for Meatless, Non-Fish Meals for Lent

5 Recipes for Meatless Non-Fish Meals

Our family abstains from eating meat every Friday throughout the year, so Lent is the time where we really incorporate a lot of fish into our meals to add a T.O.N. of penance. Because it’s fish. I didn’t do that to you, however, my friend. I can assure you fish is not an ingredient in any of these meals. Without further ado, here are some recipes to help you make it through Lent. Vegan Farmhouse Pizza Ingredients 2 tsp. olive {Read More}

No Guilt Chocolate Pudding

avocado pudding

February is Chocolate Lovers Month.  It is also time for celebrating St. Valentine’s feast day, which would seem ever so incomplete without chocolate, wouldn’t it? However, just because St. Valentine’s Day invites sweet indulgence does not mean that we have to abuse out bodies with unhealthy ingredients.  Really.  I am not kidding.  We can have our chocolate and our health, too. This St. Valentine’s Day (or anytime that you and your kiddos crave some chocolate), try enjoying some gluten-free, casein-free, {Read More}

14 Ideas for Hosting a St. Brigid’s Day Playdate

ideas for children on st. brigid's feast day

Despite the fact that I am of half-Irish descent, I never knew much about St. Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland, until I had my own children.  In fact, it was not until I ran into the picture book titled Brigid’s Cloak that I really took note of this child-friendly saint.  Since then, my children and I have enjoyed celebrating St. Brigid’s feast day together and, in honor of the Year of Faith, hope to invite friends to {Read More}

Cooking for the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind


Raise your right hand if an inner Martha Stewart lives within you. Raise your left hand if today’s to-do list is holding you back. I’m here to tell you that anybody can have a kick tail holiday dinner and not lose her mind. You just have to refocus a bit. Below I’ll share a few things I’ve learned from hosting a big brood, as well as some sample menu items from one of my favorite magazines, the master of all {Read More}

Lunchtime Rescue!

I don’t know about you, but I love sending my kids back to school. I love the freshness of backpacks and uniforms for one child, the arrival of the bus for the other, and for everyone, the hum of potential. I love the whole thing. Except making lunches. See, we’re cheap. (Might as well call a spade a spade.) While it would make life much easier to spend the $2.25 a day per child, the exponential nature of that number {Read More}

Celebrating Pentecost and Memorial Day Together


This year, Pentecost Sunday is the same weekend as Memorial Day. What a fabulous opportunity to celebrate two of the biggest holidays of the year in both the Church’s liturgical calendar AND the secular calendar! Pentecost is the second largest feast day in the Church, coming in both literally and in rank, after Easter. Seven weeks after Easter, we celebrate the day that the Holy Spirit filled the apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Memorial Day, created to honor those brave {Read More}

Peanut Butter Blast


I am the most recent in long line of peanut butter parents. Growing up, my dad relied on peanut butter to get him through the nights when my mom worked at the hospital. Triple-decker pb&j sandwiches complemented peanut butter spoon snacks. There is no smell in this world that reminds me more of my childhood than a toasted slice of homemade sour-dough bread with a thin layer of peanut butter spread across it. Peanut butter is a staple in our own family {Read More}